2005, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan/France, 135 min.
With Shu Qi, Chang Chen
“A masterpiece. This is why cinema exists.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Taiwanese master Hou's most romantic and accessible film, THREE TIMES presents three pairs of lovers from different eras, played each time by the same actors. The first episode, set in 1966, is a lovely, relaxed romance between an itinerant pool-hall hostess and an army inductee. Set in an elegant brothel and rendering all dialogue through silent-film intertitles, the second episode takes place in 1911, during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. The third episode, set in present-day Taipei, centers on a fragile songstress who betrays her lesbian lover for a biker/photographer. In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
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THE BLOOD OF JESUS
1941, Spencer Williams, USA, 57 min.